Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas
Published: 7 August 2012
Pages: 416 (Hardcover)
Genre: YA Fantasy
Goodreads Rating: 4.19/5.00
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85/100 ~ 3.5/5
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another.
Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
Initially, I was very disappointed with this book. Now, I want to explain myself. I've read a lot of online stories. This felt like a physical version of one of those stories. The writing style wasn't (to me at least) anything outstanding, and I feel like this book could have gone a lot deeper than it did.
I loved the story. An assassin, whose character is very mysterious, is dragged out of a death/slave camp and into a competition to be the assassin to the king (Celaena's sworn enemy). The world was very intriguing, and I want to know more. The world felt very underdeveloped, which is what I expected from the first book in a fantasy series. Also, there is a love triangle in this story that isn't completely overdone, which is a rarity in YA lit, but I still didn't overly enjoy it.
But going off of that, there's also like an additional live triangle attached onto this one that I don't really understand at this point, and seemed almost like unnecessary drama. There is so much of the plot that happens in the last fifty pages, and to me it almost seems info-dumpy.
I plan on continuing on with the series very, very soon because I don't want to mull over negative feelings on the first in a series for too long. This book does have a lot of set-up for the next books in the series, so I look forward to continuing with the series.
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